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Tolkien Reading Day 2023: Date, History, Activities, Literary Contributions

Tolkien Reading Day was instituted in 2003 by the Tolkien Society after Sean Kirst, a newspaper columnist from Syracuse, New York, proposed the holiday.

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Tolkien Reading Day is commemorated annually on March 25. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s extensive bibliography count today as one of their favourite days of the entire year. Fans across the globe seek out their favourite Tolkien works in order to reread the books, discuss them with friends, and escape the mundane world of Earth for the otherworldly, enchanted realm of Middle-earth.

The background of Tolkien Reading Day

Tolkien Reading Day was instituted in 2003 by the Tolkien Society after Sean Kirst, a newspaper columnist from Syracuse, New York, proposed the holiday. The purpose of the celebration is to recognise the immense literary output of John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien, the genre’s progenitor, and to encourage educators and library groups to promote Tolkien reading in their communities and ensure that people have access to his works.

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The date of March 25 was chosen because it commemorates the defeat of Sauron, a major antagonist in “The Lord of the Rings.” Since 2008, Kirst has organised Tolkien Reading Day annually.

Even before his death in 1973, Tolkien’s fame reached cult proportions. The ‘Tolkienist’ fanatical subculture emerged in the United States in the 1960s, as “The Lord of the Rings” exploded in prominence after its publication between 1954 and 1955. In 1960, the first meeting of the fan society known as “The Fellowship of the Ring” took place at Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention.

Tolkien’s work influenced many authors in the high fantasy genre, but it also influenced contemporary pop culture elements such as games (board games, video games, and card games), music, action figures, jewelry, apparel, and even fonts that you can use in your own writing. Why not use the Elven Common Speak font for your business letter or presentation? Hopefully, the following suggestions and others will inspire your own Tolkien Reading Day celebration!


Listen to a Tolkien podcast

Numerous Tolkien fans have begun their own blogs and/or podcasts to discuss his works. The presently active podcasts “That’s What I’m Tolkien About,” “Tea with Tolkien,” and “The Tolkien Road” allow listeners to share their enthusiasm for Tolkien’s literature.

A game of Tolkien trivia

Everyone enjoys a good trivia contest, which can be experienced virtually if necessary. There are over 300 online Tolkien quizzes available.

Organize a viewing soiree

Invite fellow Tolkien fans over for a movie night featuring one of “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” episodes. Request that they arrive dressed as their favourite movie character to increase the fun factor.


Tolkien worked at the Oxford English Dictionary after World War I, where he wrote about the history and etymology of Germanic words beginning with the letter W, such as ‘waggle’ to ‘warlock.’

Tolkien joined the University of Leeds as a Reader in English Language in 1920, and only a couple of years later, he was promoted to full professor.

This posthumously published work was a compilation of numerous letters from Father Christmas, also known as Santa Claus, that Tolkien wrote to his children between 1920 and 1943.

This compilation of Tolkien’s works was compiled by his son Christopher Tolkien and published posthumously in 1977. It won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 1978.

From 1920 to 1926, Tolkien translated the epic poem “Beowulf”; decades later, his son Christopher edited and published it in 2014.


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